Ipswich Portobello Inn
also traded as as: Porto Bellohistorical era: Victorian / Edwardian
closed September 28th, 1907
39 Upper Orwell St
grid reference TM 167 444Something we've got wrong about this establishment? Something more you think we should know about it? Please email us
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last updated 03/01/2017
The building has suffered some re-modelling since it was an inn; the upper floor used to have a substantial over-hang.
It can be seen here on an 1881 map of Ipswich.
(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)
(detailed information from Old inns of Suffolk by Leonard P Thompson)
(some old PO directory information courtesy of londonpublichouse.com)
(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)
Probably named after capture of Porto Bello by Admiral Vernon in 1739. Later the Admiral was MP for Ipswich from 1741-60. The admiral lived in Orwell Park and was popular locally but will also be long remembered for watering down Navy Rum, for which he was also known as "old grog".